Sportsmanship in Black: Vonetta Flowers

Vonetta Flowers was born October 29, 1973 in Birmingham, Alabama.  She was a standout track and field athlete at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.  However, her significance in sports and to African-Americans has nothing to do with sprints or jumps.  In 2002, Flowers became the first black athlete from any country to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.  She and teammate, Jill Bakken brought the gold home for the U.S. in the bobsled – the first U.S. bobsled medal in 46 years.  The following ESPN interview chronicles just how Flowers made the incredible leap from summer hopeful to winter gold-medalist.  She proved that Flowers can indeed bloom in the winter.  Until next time…

Be a Good Sport!



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